Nobody asked me, but…So everyone was happy to see the regular officials back for this week’s National Football League games, even to the point where they received a standing ovation on Thursday’s game on the NFL Network,.
But here it is again, by the end of Sunday’s games, people were complaining about the calls, and in many cases, they had something to complain about.
I was out of town this past Saturday and Sunday and didn’t have the benefit of my Direct TV and access to all the games, but in the ones I saw there were several shaky calls.
I know New Orleans probably isn’t too happy with the lack of an (blatant) offensive pass interference that led to a Green Bay touchdown Sunday afternoon, and I’m thinking there are people in both Philadelphia and New York that are left with some unanswered questions.
Let’s take the last one – the Eagles and the Giants. Now I am openly prejudice here since I am a life-long Eagles fan, and I was definitely dismayed by a pass interference call against Nnamdi Asomugha on the Giants’ final drive. Now, again, as an Eagles’ fan sure I was upset. But when Chris Collingsworth reviewed the play several times in slow motion then said, “That was not pass interference, it was good defense,” well…..that was upsetting coming from a neutral observer.
Of course, there are probably some irate Giants’ fans ranting and raving about the offensive pass interference call that set the Giants back and made the attempt a 54-yard field goal. I think – objectively – it was the correct call, and again Collingsworth agreed.
Now I guess we can say the regular guys were a bit rusty and, in some cases, a step behind in where they should have been. But overall I’d say they did a fairly decent job. Pro football is a fast-moving, hard-hitting game, and I would not want to be an official in any type of football game.
Heck, someone smarter than me once said, “Hindsight is the best vision of all.” It’s easy to see mistakes when they are review in slow motion over-and-over again, so let’s give the returning officials a break.
They were never prefect before the strike, and they will never be perfect from here on out, regardless of your rooting interest. No one is perfect!
Heck, when baseball player hits .250 we award him with a multi-million dollar contract, which is obscene because he failed 75 times out of a 100. Oh, you might say, it’s tough to hit a fastball or a curve there, and it’s tough to make a call in a pro football game when it’s as fast as it is. You’re right?
But, it’s also tough to be on an assembly line and build an automobile, it’s tough to be an accountant at the head of a multi-million dollar company and worry about making payroll or dealing with the workers, or you can insert whatever you do for a living in here.
But if you fail at your job 75 percent of the time, or if you have to confer with four or five co-workers every time you make a decision, the next stop for you is the unemployment line, so let’s put it all in perspective – we all have our crosses to bear but you go to work and do your job the best you can.
I don’t like .250 hitters making more money than I’ll ever see in my lifetime, nor do I like officials – regular or temporary – missing calls but it’s a part of life. Pro sports are an entertainment business, so watch it and enjoy it, complain and cheer, but don’t condemn. Those people are trying their best and they doing it at a clip that is better than 25-right out of a 100. It’s all part of the game.
That’s what I think, what do you think?
Nobody asked me but…As for freezing the kicker like Philadelphia’s Andy Reid did at the end of the game goes, I say hogwash!
Look, a long time ago I was a pretty good free-throw shooter in both high school and college – to the tune of upwards of 89% over most of my basketball career. Several times I had the opportunity to go the charity stripe with the game‘s outcome at hand, and when they tried to “freeze” me, I laughed.
If you are good at something – like the kickers in pro football or college, or free-throw shooters at any level, freezing that person really has no psychological effect. The Giants’ kicker didn’t miss those attempts – both of them – because of the time out. Heck, he missed the first one wide left before the time out, and the second one was short because he simply did not have the leg at that particular time to make the kick.
A good kicker, or a good free-throw shooter, or whatever, is going to do what he does because he is good at it, he practices it time-after-time. I’d say, in the height of my career on the court, I shot 75 to 100 free throws every day – concentrating on the three things I was taught, breathe, bend (your knees), and extend (the shooting arm), and concentrate on putting it slightly over the front of the rim.
Did I miss, sure, but not because someone got into my head, I missed because I did not do something fundamentally sound. You’re not going to bother a good kicker, you’re just not, and all of those kickers who have made it to the professional level are good kickers, even if they do miss occasionally.
That’s what I think, what do you think?
Nobody asked me but…The regular baseball season is three games way from coming to an end, and the teams are pretty much set for the playoffs Way back in April – and later in the year – I made some predictions and, although I missed a few, I’ve done pretty well.
The Washington Nationals are in the playoffs for the first time since1933, and Atlanta is a wildcard. Cincinnati surprised me and won the National League Central but the team I picked – St. Louis – should get that second wildcard. I also had San Francisco correct but I did let my heart overwhelm my mind when I kept pulling for my Phillies.
Over in the American League I had the New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, and Texas Rangers winning division titles, and they all have. Where I missed was with Baltimore (I had Tampa Bay there) and Oakland (L. A. Angels).
So who moves on…….In the National League the one-game playoff between Atlanta and St. Louis should, I think, go to the Cardinals. In the American, and I don’t know how they are doing it, I think the Orioles will move on.
I’d love to see a Washington and Baltimore World Series, just to see two teams that have not been successful recently make it, but I don’t think that will happen. I see Texas or Detroit coming out of the American League – more-than-likely the Tigers behind Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander – and I see San Francisco surviving a close battle with Cincinnati in the National.
Oh, and the Tigers will win the Series.
That’s what I think, what’s your opinion?
Nobody asked me but…I have mixed emotions about the retirement of Atlanta’s Chipper Jones. From the standpoint of a Phillies fan, I say good riddance because he spent a career as a Philly killer.
But from the standpoint of a baseball fan I’m sorry to see him go. Jones always exemplified class and dignity, and he was a great player. Atlanta was lucky to have him around all these years and, in five years when he first achieves eligibility, the Baseball Hall of Fame will welcome him into the fold, or the writers’ weren’t paying attention.
Don’t know what’s next for you, Chipper, but good luck. You were, and are, a class act!
That’s what I think, how about you?